We are keen to make our expertise in the field of the early modern period available to society at large. UCEMS-researchers deliver public lectures, they appear in the media and they contribute to exhibitions, educational material for secondary schools, public books, games, and more. Besides, UCEMS regularly organises special events for a wider audience.
The first UCEMS Annual Lecture was held on Tuesday 20 March 2018 by visiting professor Andrew Pettegree: Dutch book culture in the Golden Age.
The second UCEMS Annual Lecture takes place on Tuesday 5 March 2019: Amanda Pipkin (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Studious Mothers and Nurturing Fathers: articulating a middle-class, Reformed identity in 16th and 17th century English and Dutch domestic advice
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Knowledge for a wider audience: recent examples
In cooperation with the National Library of the Netherlands, Dr Jeroen Salman organised an exhibition of children’s prints entitled ‘Sterke Verhalen' (Strong Stories'), which told a story of five centuries of narrative culture. A collection of essays bearing the same name was created to accompany the exhibition, authored by a number of different scholars of literature.
Together with the National Library of the Netherlands, Prof. Els Stronks developed the DBNL ngram-viewer. This tool enables researchers to search through the Royal Library's digitalised texts, for instance for the occurence of particular words, which are then presented in a graphic.
Prof. Oscar Gelderblom and Dr Joost Jonker developed the Game of the Golden Age. Based on real persons and events, and on historical research, the game lets you experience what it's like to be a merchant in Amsterdam around 1600.
See more examples in Dutch.